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Maha strengthens guard as cases of new Delta Plus variant surface across the state

While Ratnagiri and Jalgaon have maximum patients of the new variant, 2 cases have been detected in Mumbai as well.

After fighting against the second wave of the pandemic, Maharashtra stands perturbed with the growing cases of the Delta Plus variant. Suspected to have the potential of causing a third wave, the mutant has been detected in 21 patients across 7 districts of the state, reportedly. The Delta Plus variant has been termed as a 'variant of concern', alerting the state administration and the Health Ministry to execute measures for its control and containment.

Augmented tracking, tracing & testing to clamp the virus spread

Moving ahead with the current policy, the state authorities are deploying the tracking, tracing and testing methods to clamp the infection rates. As per reports, there is not much information about the cause and symptoms related to the new variant. Reportedly, it has been stated that the Delta Plus variant did not lead to fatality in any of the patients till now. While Ratnagiri and Jalgaon registered maximum patients of the new variant, 2 cases have been detected in Mumbai as well.

In order to achieve clarity about the characteristics of the new variant, a large number of samples are being sent for research through genome sampling. As per reports, the government has directed officials to ensure that the samples of infected patients are delivered to the labs of INSACOG for deciphering the form of the new mutant. Indian Sars-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics, INSACIG, was established to study the genome sequencing of the virus.

Strict measures to be executed, once more data is received

Further, the state has called for caution but no alarm and more steps will be implemented in the future depending on the situation. Simultaneously, the Union Health Ministry has also directed the states for amplified interventions in areas having cases of this mutant with higher virulence. Notably, around 8,000 daily infections are being recorded in Maharashtra and any lag or disruption may lead to an uncontrolled outbreak. Therefore, it is important for the citizens to follow all guidelines and protocols.

Reportedly, the same treatment protocol is being used for Delta and Delta Plus variants, given the dearth of specific information. As per reports, the Delta Plus variant has been found to be resistant to monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment, which has been publicised recently.

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In view of the escalating new variants, the National Institute of Virology, Pune and the Indian Council for Medical Research will study the efficacy of vaccines against them. Given the uncertain circumstances of the current times, vaccines are the strongest and the safest weapon against the deadly virus.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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